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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Running with Concepts: The Empathic Edition

A three-day hybrid event
March 9–11, 2018
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga

With Joshua Clover & Juliana Spahr, Steven Eastwood, Nasrin Himada, Sheena Hoszko, Jakob Jakobsen, Carolyn Lazard, Jeff Reinhart, Pelin Tan, and more…

Hosted by Christine Shaw

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS TO PARTICIPATE: November 24, 2017
FULL PROGRAM WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY 2018

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Carolyn Lazard, The Undercommons (In Sickness and Study), 2017. Digital photograph, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Commissioned by the Blackwood Gallery for Circuit 5/5, Take Care, 2018.

The fifth edition of the Blackwood Gallery’s annual event will conclude Take Care, a year-long program confronting the crisis of care. Running with Concepts: The Empathic Edition recognizes that we are having a global crisis of empathy. Bringing together artists, poets, pedagogues, filmmakers, prison chaplains and abolitionists, registered nurses, health care administrators, and others, the event asks: If care is a connective issue across social contexts and struggles, what might a new “care coalition” look like? What practices of empathy might promote an ability to relate without identification, appropriation, or condescension? Running with Concepts: The Empathic Edition will highlight creative practices, policy proposals, public education models, and research strategies that challenge dominant assumptions about institutional forms of collective welfare. It will feature lectures, performances, screenings, and roundtable discussions exploring the limits and possibilities of detaching practices of care from their tendency to reproduce dominant gender, racial, and economic relations.

Foundational to the Running with Concepts model is the inclusion of practitioners from diverse fields at various levels of their careers. Running with Concepts always includes a roster of invited speakers—prominent international thinkers in their respective fields—and selected participants—emerging scholars and artists, including graduate students, in the early stages of their careers. The invited and selected participants and attendees spend the duration of the conference together, presenting their work, engaging in dialogue, and workshopping their research. Unlike traditional conferences, Running with Concepts prioritizes experimental and participatory presentations alongside academic ones, believing in the meaningful connections that can be built across disciplines through artistic practice. The event strives to bring presenters from around the world to the University of Toronto Mississauga, and to insert important international research and practice into a local conversation.

Visit our website for information on the invited speakers.

For information on previous editions, please see Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition and Running with Concepts: The Geologic Edition.


PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE

  • A 250-word description of your project, including the type of presentation you have in mind. We welcome a broad response to the notion of presentation, which could take the shape of a talk, performance, film screening, workshop, demonstration, conversation, etc.

  • Include a 150-word bio and support material directly linked to proposal (for example, 3-5 min. video, 5 images, text, case study, score, or script)

  • Identify technical and spatial requirements (projector, sound equipment, indoor or outdoor space, etc.)

  • Identify the preferred amount of time required for your presentation (5-30 minutes)

Participants from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Graduate students and emerging artists, writers, and organizers will be given priority.

Submit all materials as a single PDF to blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca
DEADLINE: November 24, 2017


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Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
905-828-3789
blackwoodgallery.ca

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 12–5pm
Wednesday: 12–9pm
Saturday: 12–3pm

The Blackwood Gallery promotes LGBTQ2 positive spaces and experiences and is barrier-free. The gallery is FREE and open to the public.